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Dubai to study visitor bond

posted on 08/05/2002: 1004 views

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department will start imposing the Dh2,000 visitors' bond starting either today (Wednesday) or Saturday next week, according to its Director General. Col. Saeed Matar bin Bleilah told Gulf News yesterday that the department will ask only individual sponsors applying for visit visas for their next-of-kin or distant relatives to post the Dh2,000 deposit. He also pointed out that the bond rule has already been in place for some nationalities or categories who visit Dubai. He also stressed that the new bond rule does not include those who have corporate sponsors or those transiting Dubai.

The Department, he stressed, will study their internal workflow carefully in order to follow the new rule as laid down by the Interior Ministry. Col. bin Bleilah stated that since the decision on visitors' bond has been issued by higher authorities, everybody should toe the line. "We are going to apply this rule according to our vision and in accordance with the work in our department," he said. He noted that his department will study carefully how the other immigration and residency departments in the Emirates apply the decision, and he vowed that his department will make appropriate adjustments in the procedures.

There are still some ambiguity in the new rule, specifically with regard to how the deposit is going to be made or refunded. Col. bin Bleilah noted that he does not want anything to affect the smooth flow of work in the Department, the main agency tasked to oversee immigration in Dubai. The department has permitted expatriate workers to sponsor their parents on residence visa imposing an even higher bond. Since April 1, Dubai has allowed expatriates to sponsor parents on renewable one-year residence visas, provided that a sponsor pays Dh5,000 for each parent as a deposit and takes a health insurance policy from a private company. The deposit is paid once and will be refunded when a parent leaves the country. But like the rules for sponsoring other family members, an expatriate has to meet certain criteria laid down by the Cabinet, including salary scale and the number of years in service. (The Gulf News)


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